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YMCA of Greater Charlotte
YMCA of Greater Charlotte
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In 1988, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte appointed a committee comprised of YMCA board members and staff, as well as leading area citizens and volunteers, to explore the prospect of starting a new camping program in the North Carolina Mountains. They saw great potential to expand access to the life-changing power of camp.
The land for Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge was purchased in 1994 from the Broyhill family. The family believed in the camp’s ability to create transformative experiences for children and also gave generously. The lake at Camp Harrison is named in their honor.
”Herring Ridge” opened in 1996 as an Adventure Camp with only three staff members and fourteen teens participating in rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking and other outdoor adventures. The camp was later renamed Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge after Frank Harrison, an executive of Coca Cola Bottling Company; and Rose and Leonard Herring, an executive at Lowe's.
A result of many years of planning and hard work by dedicated individuals and donors, Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge opened its doors to over 700 campers in 2004. As word of YMCA Camp Harrison's quality programs and caring staff spread, the enrollment has steadily grown.